As RNC Makes Cuts, Outsiders Step In
As the Republican National Committee cuts funds for a critical program of voter mobilization, independent conservative groups are preparing to fill the void. Groups that had put money mostly in TV ads are now working on the ground level, pushing voters to the polls.
Week In Politics: Economy, Michael Steele
Robert Siegel talks with Michelle Barnard, CEO of the Independent Women's Forum, and political consultant Karen Finney, formerly of the Democratic National Committee, about the week in politics.
Letters: Solar Eclipse, Doug Suttles
Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' emails about a story on the solar eclipse and an interview with BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles.
Sports Wrap: LeBron James, World Cup Final
Robert Siegel talks with sports commentator Stefan Fatsis about basketball star LeBron James' much-hyped announcement that he's going to the Miami Heat and this weekend's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
Spanx But No Spanx! Musings Of An Underwear Sleuth
David Was ventured to the mall last week to see if he could cajole a department store salesman into feeding him a few quotes on Spanx for Men. But one guy took one look at Was' digital voice recorder and immediately radioed for help. When offered an interview with the company's founder, Was said, thanks, but no thanks.
Fadlallah: One Country's Hero, Another's Terrorist
Lebanon's top Shiite cleric and one of the sect's most revered religious authorities died Sunday after a long illness. He was 75. Robert Siegel talks to Mohamad Bazzi, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a journalism professor at New York University, about the life and legacy of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.
Passport Fees Scheduled To Increase
On Tuesday, the cost of a new passport will increase from $100 to $135. The cost to renew a passport will go up $35 to $110. Melissa Block talks with Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services, about the fee increases.
Summer Jobs: A Lesson In Corn Detasseling
Male parts, female parts -- who knew corn could be so complicated? In today's installment of our series on summer jobs, we learn about the Midwestern summer job mainstay of corn detasseling. Not only did we get many letters from listeners about it, but we were also surprised to learn that we have a former corn detasseler on staff! Editor Cory Turner and listener Pam Nielsen talk about their time as children of the corn.
'Despicable Me': Oddly Adorable
The latest kids' film to jump on the 3-D bandwagon is Despicable Me, starring the very strangely accented voice of Steve Carell and hundreds of what look like living, breathing corn puffs. NPR's Bob Mondello describes the film as what would happen "if Jules Verne somehow got into the Pixar toolbox." (Recommended)